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Activist kicked off American Airlines plane after flight attendant deems her face mask ‘offensive’
Miami, Fla.
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MIAMI – A woman was kicked off an American Airlines flight and forced to drive thousands of miles to get where she was going.

She told Local 10 News’ Layron Livingston that she thinks it’s a racial issue.

According to its Conditions of Carriage, American Airlines says "offensive clothing" is not allowed.

Arlinda Johns told Livingston that she boarded her flight wearing a mask. Because of what was written on it, she was asked to cover it up. She did.

Several minutes later, the plane she was on that was about to take off busted a U-turn, went back to the gate and she was escorted off that plane.

“I think I got taken off the plane because I’m black,” said Johns. “My mask said ‘[F***] 12’ and my shirt said, ‘Black Lives Matter.’”

Most people know her as Tray, she’s a South Florida activist. The mask is a reference to law enforcement.

"I am an abolitionist," she said. "I believe that we need to defund and abolish the police."

She explained that she was in her seat, wearing a new mask, when the flight attendant approached her again.

“She came back and stood over and said, ‘I better not see that other mask,’” Johns explained. “I said, ‘Leave me alone, lady.’ She stood there, she said, ‘okay, I got you.’”

Johns said the flight attendant speed walked to the front of the plane, and that’s when she took out her phone and began recording.

Minutes later, the plane returned to the gate and she was escorted off the plane.

An airline spokesperson sent Local 10 a statement, saying the plane returned to the gate, "after [Johns] refused to follow crew member instructions to remove or cover a face mask with offensive language."

The airline says, "although [Johns] initially complied, [she] later continued to display the inappropriate language. After arriving at the gate, the passenger was asked to deplane."

Several officers escorted her through the airport and out the door.

"This is what American Airlines is doing, and this is what happened to me," she said.

Johns ultimately had to rent a car and drive to Illinois. She said other than the airline replying to one of her tweets about all this, she hasn’t heard from them.

She has, though, spoken with an attorney.

The airline said it’s still looking into this incident, and it’s refunding the “unused portion” of Johns’ ticket.

She tried to set them up and it back fired every thing is now a racial issue
Posted by Le at 8/7/2020 11:25:19 AM

How is that racially motivated? What was written on her mask WAS offensive! IF she would have complied and shut her mouth...she would have gotten to her destination no problem.
Posted by butternut at 8/7/2020 11:37:45 AM

Thank you American Airlines
Posted by Randy at 8/7/2020 12:48:11 PM

She's a moron.
Posted by Jf at 8/7/2020 12:49:09 PM

Always stirring up that ole'bucket of ****
causing a stink.
Posted by USMC66'- at 8/7/2020 1:09:13 PM

Thank you, American Airlines. Now, if more companies and people will stand up for what is correct; maybe (just maybe), we can get "our" America back. I'm tired of all this nonsense!!!!! (If they defund the police and need an officer; who they going to call!!) So stupid and ignorant!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by noname at 8/7/2020 1:38:46 PM

I am offended that anyone would have profanity on their clothing in front of me and my family. And especially since it is an airline rule, she should NOT get a refund at all. Actually, she should be charged for the extra expenses of turning the plane around and for the inconvenience she cause the other passengers in delaying their travel. I don't care what color you are, the rules apply to everyone!
Posted by TE at 8/7/2020 4:35:35 PM

Sounds like a money-grab to me. I believe she had all intention of doing what she new was inappropriate so she could sue the airline.

I'm glad the airline stood up and did what needed to be done.

I sure hope she doesn't end up getting a penny.

I sure would like to say more $%&*(**)%$$##!@#@%$#$# but, I won't.
Posted by Patrisha at 8/10/2020 11:59:28 AM

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